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sadsa A Night of European Literature
14 May 2013, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam.

‘That we laugh and cry for the same thing,’ Montaigne

Taking the title of this essay by Montaigne as their guide, authors from all over Europe have been inspired to write a short story, an essay or another piece of prose. On 14 May, seven of them will take part in a discussion with Margot Dijkgraaf:
Laurent Binet (France); Jàchym Topol (Czech Republic); Marcel Beyer (Germany); Kristina Toth (Hungary); Laura Sintija Cerniauskaité (Lithuania); Nihan Kaya (Turkey) and Marja Pruis (the Netherlands).

Organised by EUNIC, the cooperative organisation of European cultural institutes.

More information and registration: www.brakkegrond.nl

sadsa Manon de Ruijter

Interview with Manon de Ruijter, British Council in the Netherlands, head Partnerships & Projects Benelux

May 2012

What is the motivation of the British Council to participate in EUNIC and what is your personal motivation?

Through EUNIC we promote European cultural co-operation both in Europe and in other parts of the world. This cooperation enables the British Council to create even more impact and reach even more people in the countries where we are based. I personally value this participation for swapping experiences. Most members of EUNIC have been working in cultural relations for so many years and therefore bring invaluable experience and expertise to promoting European culture.


What do you think are the benefits for the participants to be a member of EUNIC?

Most EUNIC members work in very small teams in their own offices and sometimes they don’t even have a direct colleague to share ideas with. I think it is important to broaden your horizon and share your visions and experiences with colleagues who work in the same environment, but maybe in a different way. We can learn a lot from each other and improve the quality of our projects and events by sharing our experiences.


What is or can be the role of EUNIC in the Netherlands?

In the Netherlands EUNIC members jointly organises several high quality events per year, often with expert speakers from different fields and disciplines and coming from all over Europe. EUNIC Netherlands can ensure that renowned experts from Europe are coming to the Netherlands, so knowledge can be exchanged from both sides. EUNIC in the Netherlands can also, through their events, show people in the Netherlands that our cultural and national differences are not an obstacle, but instead we can all benefit through learning from these differences.

sadsa The Shadow of Heaven

The Shadow of Heaven  (2008), 116min, English subtitles.


On 29 November 2012, at 19:30 hrs, Goethe Institut Amsterdam. Herengracht 470 1017 CA Amsterdam

Entrance: 5 EUROS, including a drink. Register: info@litouwscc.org

Shadow of Heaven is the first showing of a series of films about the European artists of around the turn of the century, organized by various European cultural institutions in the Netherlands.

The SHADOW OF HEAVEN is about the family members of the composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911) and their fate.

Čiurlionis: composer, visual artist, genius, madman. He stood at the origin of the national state of Lithuania. He presented a new universe, a new self image. A cultural hero, too, around the turn of the century. In the film we meet Čiurlionis' nieces, Dana Zakiene and Ariadna Čiurlionyte, his granddaughter and sculptor Dalia Palukaitiene, his great-grand child and pianist Rokas Zubovas, and other relatives. Many of them are artists, too, but what does it mean to grow up in the shadow of a genius? Through their stories their family history unfolds. The universal themes are reflected in their personal memories.

Shot in black and white, the film is interspersed with colour paintings and the unique photographs taken by M. K. Čiurlionis.

The showing of the film will be preceded by a short introduction about Čiurlionis' place and significance in early 20th century music history, on the eve of the formation of a new Europe. This introduction will be given by Dr. Frans Brouwer, musicologist and lecturer on Cultural Entrepreneurship at several universities and colleges throughout Europe.


18 December 2012, 20.00 hrs, Goethe Institut Amsterdam
The next screening will take place on 18 December at 20:00 at the Goethe Institut Amsterdam and will be organized by the Czech Centre and CHT projects / Hungarian forum. The program will include films about the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967) and the Czech painter František Kupka (1871-1957).

24 January 2013, Amsterdam

On 24 of January 2013 the screenings will proceed with the film about the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911).  More information on: www.eunic-netherlands.eu

Please inform us about your  attendance by sending an e-mail to:

sadsa Wanted: Caravan hitch

Wanted: Caravan hitch

Performance artist Tjerk Ridder hitchhiked to Turkey with his colourful caravan and his dachshund. His one-of-a-kind journey started in the Netherlands and took him through Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Hungary to his final destination, Turkey.


The journey's experiences have been worked out into stories and songs that are presented in a theatrical performance that will soon start touring Europe. More information, impressions of the trip, photos, commentaries and songs can be found at Tow bar needed.
To his own surprise, he hitched 53 rides over his 2,700 kilometre journey to Istanbul. He used the material he collected on the journey to create 'Wanted: Caravan hitch', a theatrical performance that he presented to an audience on 11 January 2012 at the Goethe-Institut in Rotterdam under the auspices of Goethe-Institut Netherlands, and the Hungarian and Austrian embassies. The audience was particularly interested in hearing how Tjerk had experienced hospitality and open borders in Europe.
'Unbelievable,' is how Ridder described the hospitality he was shown during his journey –  even if he did sometimes have to spend hours in the cold waiting for a lift. As a way of thanking people for the ride, Ridder invited everyone who gave him a lift into his caravan so they could catch a glimpse of their own dreams. 

sadsa European Literature Night, European Literature now!

European Literature Night
Wednesday 16 May 2012, Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA) - Oosterdokskade 143 Amsterdam
Entrance: € 10,00 / OBA-pas, stadspas or member of national cultural institute € 5,00. Rerservations: www.oba.nl/agenda of T 020 523 09 00 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 020 523 09 00 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

The European literature night in Amsterdam is part of a series of meetings in several European capitals on 16 May 2012 to give the word to a dozen authors of the new Europe.
There will be four discussions in English among the European authors, chaired by Margot Dijkgraaf, literary critic NRC Handelsblad, author, Director Academic Cultural Center Spui 25 in Amsterdam. Between these discussions there will be a musical trip through Europe by Tjerk Ridder and Matthijs Spek from the group Trekhaak gezocht! The gathering will be organised by the association of European cultural institutes in the Netherlands, EUNIC, in cooperation with the OBA.

With the participation of John Burnside United Kingdom, Mircea Cărtărescu Romania, György Dragomán Hungary, Lilian Faschinger Austria, Joke Hermsen the Netherlands, Jean Mattern France, Janne Teller Denmark, Stephan Thome Germany, Tomáš Zmeškal Czech Republic.

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Programme European Literature Night,  European Literature now!

What are the themes of novels and poetry which are being written in Europe today? What do novels from different parts of our continent have in common? What do they tell us about our times and what can we learn from them? These are the key questions which will be raised on the European Literature Night. Ten authors, from all over Europe, will discuss various themes in a conversation with Margot Dijkgraaf.

19.30 hrs – 20.00 hrs: Trauma's and childhood: how to write about violence? John Burnside & György Dragoman

In what way violent events which took place in a childhood resonate in literary works? Throughout Burnsides poetry and fiction and memoirs, dark shadows, childhood traumas and the omnipresence of death throughout life are recurring elements. In his second novel, The white king, Dragoman builds a relentlessly terrifying portrait of childhood in Ceausescu's dictatorial Romania.

20.00 hrs – 20.15 hrs music Trekhaak Gezocht

20.15 hrs – 21.00 hrs  Europe - how to deal with our past?
Mircea Cartarescu & Jean Mattern & Janne Teller

While Europe nowadays is mostly associated with financial and economical disasters, writers have their own way of picturing our continent. What does its history mean for us as an individual? How does it change our lives? What did it look like only 50 years ago? And how did it affect the lives of families in every single part of the continent? 

21.00 hrs – 21.30 hrs: break

21.30 hrs – 22.15 hrs: Secrets: discovering unbearable truths
Stephan Thome & Tomáš Zmeškal

In the background of the ‘big history’ our lives are affected by choices of love and work. Lots stay hidden – in family histories and in the life of every individual. The true motives of people are seldom found on the surface. How does literature reflect the personal secrets of people?  Or does literature need mystery? What does this mean for the composition of a novel? These three authors deal with this in their own ways: it leads to stories about guilt and forgiveness, about the pursuit for happiness, and about mankind as a toy of history.  

22.15 hrs – 22.30 hrs: Music Trekhaak gezocht

22.30 hrs – 23.00 hrs: Love and marriage, truth and lies

Lilian Faschinger & Joke J. Hermsen

Many of the characters of these two writers, often women, are headstrong, contentious and foreign. What is the state of marriage at the beginning of the 21st century? Where do woman of today found their identity and what is the role for imagination? What is the new role for men? What does it mean to write 'between two countries', like both writers do? To what extent do the authors look 'across the border' and how do they look at their homeland? How do they perceive contemporary Europe?  

sadsa European culture and the future

Tuesday 17 April 2012, 19:30 hrs, De Brakke Grond Amsterdam
The entrance is free of charge. Reservations via email: 

On the 17th of April, EUNIC Netherlands will organise the conference ‘The European responsibility for culture’ in the Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond.

The Arts have a rough time now that they have ceased to be a Western defence against the Eastern Bloc and vice versa. The situations in the Netherlands and Hungary bear bad news for the rest of Europe.

The conference is divided in two subjects. First off, the responsibility the European Union has for culture and second, the European character that the culture from its members has.

Moderator Britta Böhler (former senator of Groen Links) will speak to Ann Branch (European Commision, head Unit Culture Programme), Pal Hatós (director of the Hungarian Cultural institution in Budapest), Barbara Kisseler (alderman culture in Hamburg), Vincent Dubois (professor at the university of Strasbourg and journalist for  Le Monde) and Joop Daalmeijer (president of the Culture Councel in the Netherlands).


A Night of European Literature

A Night of European Literature
14 May 2013, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam.

‘That we laugh and cry for the same thing,’ Montaigne

Taking the title of this essay by Montaigne as their guide, authors from all over Europe have been inspired to write a short story, an essay or another piece of prose. On 14 May, seven of them will take part in a discussion with Margot Dijkgraaf.
More information and registration: www.brakkegrond.nl

(Photo: Lauren Binet, France)

Arthur Sonnen

Arthur Sonnen now Chevalier dans l’orde des Arts et des Lettres

SICA employee and secretary for EUNIC Netherlands Arthur Sonnen was named Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres during a ceremony at the residence of the French ambassador in the Netherlands.

Sonnen received the award for his work at EUNIC and his role in the introduction in the Netherlands of important developments in scenic area of France, including Théâtre du Soleil and Ariane Mnouchkine, Jean Pierre Vincent, Gildas Bourdet, Didier Flamand and Gilles Aillaud.
To contact Arthur Sonnen: a.sonnen@sica.nl

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